top of page

Creating the Illusion of More Room: Tips for a Small Space

We moved last year. Downsizing has been refreshing but also challenging as the rooms in the new house are smaller than we are used to. It has been fun to create new spaces - and to redesign them a few times. We all know that small rooms can feel cramped and uninviting, but with a few design tricks, they can be transformed into spacious and welcoming spaces.

By making a small room look bigger, you are not only creating a more functional living space, but you are also increasing the potential resale value of your home. .

Below you will find 20 design techniques and tips for making a small room look bigger, from choosing the right colors to utilizing vertical space. Whether you're looking to improve the functionality of your home or simply want to create a more spacious living environment, making a small room look bigger is a great place to start. Let me know how it goes!

First, use light colors: Light colors like soft chamois by Benjamin Moore, on walls, ceiling, and floor can make a room feel more open and spacious. Avoid dark colors, which can make the room feel cramped and closed in. (and Benjamin Moore delivers paint!)

Add mirrors: Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion of more space. Place mirrors opposite windows or other sources of natural light to maximize their effect. I am loving the impact of a round mirror like this one for above furniture or open walls.

Keep the floor uncluttered: A cluttered floor can make a room feel smaller. Keep the floor free of unnecessary items and use furniture with exposed legs to create the illusion of more space. (Use containers for shelves like these favorites of mine from Container Store to stay organized).

Next, use multi-functional furniture: Opt for furniture that can serve multiple purposes, such as a storage ottoman or a coffee table with hidden storage. This will help to keep the room uncluttered. An ottomon that has storage like this one I found on Amazon is great for saving space.

And not to be forgotten, use vertical space: Draw the eye upward by hanging shelves or curtains at a higher point. This will create the illusion of taller ceilings and more space. Mixtiles are a great way to decorate a wall with a personal touch.

Avoid heavy window treatments: Heavy curtains and drapes can make a room feel smaller. Opt for sheer or lightweight curtains that let in natural light.

Use lighting strategically: Good lighting can make a room feel larger. Use a combination of overhead and task lighting to create a bright, open feel.

Scale down on furniture: Choose smaller scale furniture, which will take up less space and make the room feel larger. Pieces like this bohemian inspired accent storage cabinet offers style and lots of storage!

Keep it simple: Minimalism is key when trying to make a small room appear larger. Keep decor simple and avoid cluttering the space with too many knick-knacks or artwork.

Use rugs: Rugs can define spaces and make them look larger. A rug can anchor a seating area and make it look like a separate room within a room. I highly recommend the Ruggable brand as they are machine washable!

Use furniture that can be tucked away: Consider using furniture that can be easily tucked away when not in use, such as a foldable table or a Murphy bed. This will free up valuable floor space and make the room appear larger. I have this table in my office and it can also be used in my kitchen for food or at my couch for working. And it's under $50!

Use floating shelves: Floating shelves can add storage and display space without taking up valuable floor space. They also give the illusion of more space because they don't touch the ground.

Keep the room organized: A cluttered and disorganized room can feel small and cramped.


for bedrooms, use a light-colored bedspread: A light-colored bedspread can make a small bedroom feel more open and airy. Avoid heavy, dark-colored bedspreads that can make the room feel closed in.

And finally, keep the room well-ventilated: Good ventilation can make a room feel larger and more open. Open windows and doors to let in fresh air, and use a fan to circulate the air.

By implementing these tips, you can create a visually larger space in your room and make it feel more spacious and open.

Happy decorating!

This is my cozy small space where I read!

84 views0 comments

Recent Videos

Unlocking Gut Health: From Bone Broth to Enzymes with Carley Smith
Natalie Tysdal

Unlocking Gut Health: From Bone Broth to Enzymes with Carley Smith

#guthealth #guthealthtips #bonebroth In this episode, we delve deep into the fascinating world of gut health. Join us as we explore the critical role the gut plays in our overall well-being. We kick things off by discussing how health truly begins in the gut, uncovering the importance of maintaining a healthy gut lining, gut barrier, and nurturing the microbiome. Next, we dive into the savory world of bone broth. Discover where to find this nourishing elixir and how to make it from scratch. We also share insights on when to incorporate bone broth into your diet and explore the differences between chicken and beef bone broth. As we continue our journey through gut health, we shed light on the significance of digestive enzymes and provide guidance on selecting the right ones for your needs. Plus, we unravel the mystery surrounding prebiotics and probiotics, offering clarity on their roles in gut health. Finally, we investigate the impact of sugar and carbs on your gut, addressing the potential harm they may pose. Carley Smith, AKA Fairy Gutmother®, is a Nutritional Therapist, Certified GAPS Practitioner, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Carley became interested in health and nutrition after being diagnosed with Lyme disease and using food as medicine emphasizing gut health to help heal. She became so empowered in the progress in her healing just based on diet and lifestyle changes emphasizing gut health that she started her business, Fairy Gutmother®, so she could help spread awareness around nutrition and help others. Carley is adamant about promoting the gut health lifestyle as it is more than a diet, rather, a combination of food and environment that play a role in the health of the microbiome. Carley has been a featured guest on The Dr. Oz Show and is a frequent guest for Colorado’s Own Channel 2 News. She has also been featured on Arizona Family TV, Better Connecticut, NBC Miami, and the popular iHeart Radio show Modern Eater. Her articles have been published in major worldwide publications including Newsmax, MindBodyGreen, Yoga + Life Magazine, and Paleo Magazine to name a few. She also leads numerous workshops, public speaking events, and cooking demonstrations centered around the gut health lifestyle. Listen in as we talk about: [0:00] Intro [1:10] Health starts in the gut [2:25] How we support our gut lining, gut barrier, and the microbiome [4:10] Bone broth, where to get it, and how to make it [5:10] When to make bone broth [11:30] Chicken vs. beef bone broth [15:20] Understanding digestive enzymes [17:50] What to explore when it comes to choosing enzymes [19:30] The confusion behind prebiotics and probiotics [22:10] Are sugar and carbs hurting your gut? Notes from Natalie: Sign Up for Natalie’s Newsletter Seeking Health: Episode 9: Episode 107: Connect with Carley Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Website: Connect with Natalie Instagram: YouTube: Facebook: Website: Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to my channel to learn more about staying motivated to live the life you deserve! Sign Up for Natalie’s Newsletter: Connect with Natalie Tysdal On Instagram: On YouTube: On Facebook: Website: Thank you for helping us grow! Free Parenting Class: Get 45 days of Canva Pro for free here: Business Email:
Unlocking the Secrets to Clean Beauty with Catie Wiggy
Natalie Tysdal

Unlocking the Secrets to Clean Beauty with Catie Wiggy

In this episode, we venture into the world of clean beauty with the expert, Catie Wiggy. She shares the latest trends and innovations, from technology's role in skincare to ingredient-conscious choices. Catie guides us in crafting personalized skincare routines and discusses beloved skincare lines, gender-neutral routines, and strategies for battling acne at any age. Discover the newest skincare tools and the age-old beauty secret of rice water. Whether you're a skincare enthusiast or a newcomer, Catie Wiggy's insights will empower you to achieve cleaner, healthier, and more radiant skin. Catie Wiggy is a Clean Beauty Esthetician and Founder of Creative Beauty Collective, a women-driven boutique consulting team focused on supporting clean CPG indie brands. With 20+ years of experience as a marketer, brand educator, clean product formulator, and Licensed Master Esthetician, Catie's one of the driving forces behind increased natural consumer awareness and promoting clean indie brands. With a unique blend of expertise in both marketing and skincare, Catie has established themselves as a true innovator in the industry. Catie has worked with a wide variety of brands throughout her career and spent 13+ years as the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Product Innovation for a leading CPG company. She has a proven track record of developing effective marketing strategies that drive growth and generate revenue. Catie is a go-to skincare and green beauty expert and contributes to various magazines, TV segments, radio shows, podcasts, and consumer events. She is a member of the STYLECRAZE medical review board team and an on-air Clean Beauty news contributor across regional and national networks. When Catie gets a bit of free time she spends it cooking, traveling, and hanging with her husband, two kids, and rescue dog. [0:00] Intro [2:50] What she is working on in the clean beauty world [3:30] How technology plays into clean beauty [5:10] Paying attention to the ingredients we are using on our skin [7:20] Effective products and how we make them work for our common skin problems [9:45] An ideal skincare routine [14:10] Skincare lines she is loving right now [15:25] Should men follow the same skin care routine as women [17:20] Acne and how to handle it at different stages of our lives [22:05] Tools to help you get brighter and cleaner skin [23:20] Rice water as a beauty tool Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to my channel to learn more about staying motivated to live the life you deserve! Sign Up for Natalie’s Newsletter: Connect with Natalie Tysdal On Instagram: On YouTube: On Facebook: Website: Thank you for helping us grow! Free Parenting Class: Get 45 days of Canva Pro for free here: Business Email:
Square Stage